Matthew Stock, a co-owner of Wipf and Stock Publishers in Eugene, Oregon, and Melissa Stock, an adjunct professor and music director at Northwest Christian University, fell in love with Cambodia during their first trip with students from the university in 2011. After their second visit, the couple chose to partner with Bloom Asia in Phnom Penh, as General Managers for the new Blossom Cafe and Training Center that opened in Siem Reap in 2013.
With six years training in overseeing group homes for adjudicated youth in Newberg, Oregon, Matthew understood the importance of organizations such as AIM, particularly in a location such as Cambodia. He learned that the greatest way to empower disenfranchised people is to give them the skills and the training to provide for themselves and for their families.
Melissa, a choir director, orchestrater, and classically trained pianist, also had a passion for sweet confections. Since the age of nine, she has developed her talents of baking—and ultimately opening her own business on the side, The Sassy Cupcake in 2008.
As of January 2018, they have been living in Phnom Penh, serving with Agape International Missions (AIM). Matthew serves as the Cambodian Country Director for the 12 projects AIM runs in Cambodia. Melissa is the Director of International Advancement, working to support AIM by connecting and hosting churches and businesses in SE Asia directly with the programs on the ground in Cambodia.
Since 2005, AIM’s ministries have focused on ending the evil of child sexual slavery. AIM takes a holistic approach to fighting trafficking, restoring victims and transforming communities, in order to defeat trafficking. Their projects PREVENT, RESCUE, RESTORE, and REINTEGRATE.
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